Powercoders - Coding Academy for Refugees

Impacting lives by teaching to code

An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home.

Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees. We believe that, in the 21st century, coding skills will help you to start a new life wherever you are forced to go.

We offer a 3-month coding academy program, followed by an internship of three months to one year. The ultimate goal of the Powercoders is the permanent placement of trained refugees in IT-companies and IT-departments in Switzerland. Participation is free of charge (laptop, food and transportation are offered) and includes a mentoring program.

We are looking for


The program is primarily meant for refugees (status B and F) but also other migrants. If you have special talent in IT, fluency in English and are interested in participating.

IT Companies

Are you an IT-company in Zürich and are you interested in supporting us by offering a trainee program?
Support us!


There is a shortage of skilled IT-workers, especially frontend developers. Are you a developer or an IT-company in the Canton of Berne and interested in supporting our program by teaching or offering a trainee program?


Arriving in a new country is never easy. Our students have to learn a lot about how Switzerland works as a country but also how we work as a society. Interested in mentoring our students?

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